19th Annual


The 2017 Citywide African American Artists Exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), and The University Museum at Texas Southern University (TSU). It is an annual exhibition that offers artists specifically of African Descent/Diaspora living in the greater Houston area, an opportunity to show their work to a broader public and collecting community. This years show features diverse works from 61 local artists. The exhibition is curated by Jamal Cyrus and will be on view from June 16 through August 20, 2017. Artists prize selections are juried by Michael Ray Charles, Yvonne Garcia and Ramon Manning.


Opening reception for Citywide is Friday, June 16, 2017, from 7:00-9:00pm, at the University Museum located at 3100 Cleburne Avenue Houston, TX, 77004. Prizes will be announced during the opening reception.

Prize Schedule and Winners

  • Curator’s Choice: Scholarship for 1 studio art class at the MFAH Glassell School of Art - Juwan Mayes

  • 1st prize: $500- Prinston Nnanna

  • 2nd prize: $250 - Kingsley Onyeiwu

  • 3rd prize: $150 - Roy Vinson Thomas

  • Five-A Choice Award: Membership to the MFAH African American Art Advisory Association - Elizabeth Shelton

  • Honorable Mention - Dominic Clay

Five-A is the African American Art Advisory Association at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it was established in 1993 to enhance the museum’s collection of African American and African art.  At the end of each year, Five-A uses its membership dues and other fund-raising proceeds to purchase major works for the permanent collection of the museum.  In addition to sponsoring the work of acclaimed artists, Five-A also has championed artists history has overlooked.  The support and guidance of Five-A has been instrumental in shepherding up-and-coming artists into the collection.  Since its founding, Five-A has brought an impressive 44 objects into the museums’ collection.



Established in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is among the 10 largest art museums in the United States, with an encyclopedic collection of more than 65,000 works dating from antiquity to the present. The main campus comprises the Audrey Jones Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in 2000; the Caroline Wiess Law Building, originally designed by William Ward Watkin, with extensions by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe completed in 1958 and 1974; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, designed by Isamu Noguchi and opened in 1986. Additional spaces include a repertory cinema, two libraries, public archives, and facilities for conservation and storage. Nearby, two house museums—Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi—present American and European decorative arts. The MFAH is also home to the Glassell School of Art and its acclaimed Core Residency Program and Junior and Studio Schools; and the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), a leading research institute for 20th-century Latin American and Latino art.

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